Senior Seminar & SIFE: Conserving Water On Campus

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Communication majors enrolled in senior seminar are teaming up with Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) to promote sustainability on The University of Scranton’s campus. One project is focusing on conserving water in Gannon, Lavis, and McCormick Halls, more commonly known as “GLM.” The “Shower Challenge” was created with hopes of reducing the amount of water being used in the dorm that houses more than 200 female students.

The Shower Challenge started on Tuesday, Nov. 8, and will run through Wednesday, Nov. 23. Many of the girls signed pledges in which they promised to take shorter showers over the two-week challenge.

On Sunday, Nov. 6, senior seminar students made a presentation to the residents of GLM to inform them of the challenge. A baseline test was taken the week prior to the start of the Shower Challenge to find the average amount of water that is being used. Timers, charts and flyers were placed in all GLM bathrooms, encouraging residents to take showers that are five minutes or less.

Actress Jenifer Aniston takes “Navy Showers” as a way of conserving water in her daily life. “You get in, get wet, turn off the water, get soap-y and shampoo-y, then turn the water back on and rinse off,” she said. “It saves a LOT of water. I never take more than three minutes, tops. I even brush my teeth while I shower.” Seniors used Aniston as an example to show that the Shower Challenge is possible.

Hopefully, the Shower Challenge initiative will resonate with students and become a routine for them as conserving water is very important. Even though 75% of the world is composed of water, less than 2% is fresh water. Water is thought to be a renewable resource; however, with the world population reaching seven billion, nothing is certain.

SIFE is a student organization on campus that creates projects to benefit the community, on and off campus. SIFE’s mission is to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow, to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business.

Please do your part in conserving water. Whether it be taking a shorter shower or turning off the water when you brush your teeth, any little bit will help. For daily water conservation facts, follow the Shower Challenge on Twitter @ShowerChallenge. Every drop counts!

– By Chris Wolper